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Searching for Sylvie Lee

(2019)
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"Powerful.... A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets." (Paula Hawkins, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water)

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women - two sisters and their mother - in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times best-selling author of Girl in Translation

It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother - and then vanishes.

Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn't rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love.

But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it's Amy's turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister's movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets...secrets that will reveal more about Amy's complicated family - and herself - than she ever could have imagined.

A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping pause register, and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone - especially those we love.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets." - Paula Hawkins


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February 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-5293-9827-4 / 978-1-5293-9827-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 0-06-283430-4 / 978-0-06-283430-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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July 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-5293-9828-2 / 978-1-5293-9828-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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May 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 0-06-283432-0 / 978-0-06-283432-4 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 0-06-291202-X / 978-0-06-291202-2 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-982661-04-6 / 978-1-982661-04-5
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee: Library Edition
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-982661-03-8 / 978-1-982661-03-8
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-982661-05-4 / 978-1-982661-05-2
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: HarperAudio
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October 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: John Murray
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June 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: William Morrow
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